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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? February 2017

Part One below - A full listing for the next 4 weeks or so
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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***** Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) events (...??) *****

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Otterton Mill Music 2017 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The spring season of music upstairs in the restaurant at Otterton Mill will be up and running again soon. This is a small intimate venue and often sells out quickly. Summer outdoor concerts in the courtyard have about double the capacity. Then back indoors again for the autumn concerts. Music nights also feature menus of seasonal food (ticket prices cover music only). Doors 6pm, food served until 7.30pm, music starts 8pm. There's music for many tastes and I'll list all the events at least briefly. www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring: 16/3 Rag Mama Rag; 23/3 Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz; 6/4 Sam Lewis; 27/4 Corrine West; 11/5 Tia McGraff; 18/5 Chris Cleverly; 15/6 Worry Dolls; (Weds) 28/6 Boo Hewerdine
Summer: 13/7 Hucklebuck; 27/7 FB Pocket Orchestra; 3/8 Daniel Smith Blues Band; 17/8 Ragged Union; 31/8 Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Autumn: 14/9 Edwina Hayes; 28/9 Hollie Rogers; 12/10 Carrivick Sisters; 9/11 Vergonica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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22/2/17

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 22 February 2017

Part One below - A full listing for the next 5 weeks or so
Part Two - Sorry, no time for Part Two this week - everything's on
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk anyway
Part Three - Other stuff

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23-26 February 2017 - Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. Please note, Michael Flatley will not be performing in this production. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Joe Stead presents his lecture ‘The Life and Times of Paul Robeson’
Thursday 23 February 2017 - The Swan Inn, Lympstone EX8 5ET, tel. 01395 272644
Friday 24 February 2017 - Brixham Theatre, Town Hall, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA
Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Oddfellows Inn, 60 New North Road, (B3183) Exeter EX4 4EP, tel. 01392 209050
Pub venues £5 first come first served; Brixham bookings (and fuller event description) www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/event-listing.
Joe is known to many in the South West as the former lead performer with the Kimbers Men shanty crew but is an expert on singer Paul Robeson, with whom he sang once at a private event. The son of a slave, Robeson rose from ‘white man’s lackey’ to become a belligerent, forceful spokesman for black human rights. He had a scholar’s ability to summon up wide ranging points of reference, a linguists ability to communicate in several languages, had had an outstanding career as an athlete, and a degree in law. But by 1960 his career and his health had been broken, his image converted by a now hostile establishment from public hero to public enemy. This extraordinary turnabout in what had been one of the great twentieth-century careers is a singularly American story emblematic of its times yet transcending them, encompassing not merely Cold War hysteria but racial symbolism and racial consciousness throughout the history of the United States. That a man so deeply loved all over the world could evoke in his own country such an outpouring of fear and anger is in itself a tragedy. The tragedy that was Paul Robeson’s life is brought to reality in this workshop/lecture by Joe Stead, in which you are invited to join in songs and listen to the resonant, changing voice of Robeson himself, learning about one of the most remarkable men in American musical and theatrical history. 2-hour show (20-min interval) including a lot of singing and talking by Robeson himself.

Friday 24 February 2017 - Sarah McQuaid - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her latest album is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. One of the most sought after duos on the folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that is "a musical partnership made in heaven.” £12. 
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 24 February 2017 7.30pm - Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Inheriting the legacy of one of British folk's most revered families, it took a long time for Marry to step centre stage. David had been struck by the character and warmth of Marry’s singing “It was earthy, dreamlike, warm, powerful and jagged. It had the capacity to be both melancholic and joyful, and could tell a story - of course Marry Waterson could tell a story!”. “Perfectly balances traditional & contemporary [folk]…echoes of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Sandy Denny while Woolgathering Girl is more reminiscent of latter-day Kate Bush.” ****METRO. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sold out Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Hummingbirds Acappella Trio - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)

DLM
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
DLM are a 3 piece acoustic trio based in the West Country. Andrew Cresswell Davis has honed his superb song writing skills over many years, and DLM are a vehicle for some of the finest songs Andy has ever written. Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew is back on the road with this fabulous semi-acoustic trio! Andrew is accompanied by Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan and between them they play a variety of instruments – guitar, violin, cello and ukulele and more. With the addition of three fine voices, they create rich textures and intimate moods, which breathe life into songs of love, loss and squirrels!
‘The amazingly talented DLM are undoubtedly one of the very best live acts you will see and hear if you like songs that hit the nail on the head in under 5 minutes. Joyful and thought provoking stuff!’ www.dlm3.co.uk, www.andrewcresswelldavis.com, www.stackridge.net.
Friday 24 February 2017 - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall - Call 01647 24789 for tickets
Saturday 25 February 2017 - Black Dog Village Hall

Saturday 25 February 2017 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men’s 47th Annual Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Caller Anne Gill. A great evening to be had for £8, includes a pasty supper. Licensed bar. For tickets call Andy 01752 300758 or email bagman@plymouthmorrismen.org.uk,

Saturday 25 February 2017 - The Boys from Melbourne Street - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
The Boys are easily at home playing at large and small Festivals, in Clubs, Bistros, Concert Halls, Pubs, Beer Fests and Art Centres; they have headlined many a venue as well as supported national and international artists. They have produced a large body of original material, eclectic in style and genre covering almost any topic or subject. Their music will touch sensitive nerves, stand hairs up on the back of your neck, get your feet tapping, have you smiling and joining in the fun of singing along with their unusual and original brand of sound and music. They will have you captivated on the night, especially Dave’s percussion and Ukulele skills, Colin’s full guitar sound and mellifluous vocals and Keith’s fabulous fretless bass. “They’re a jovial bunch whose friendship shines through. "...it was impossible to categorise their music other than to say it was a mixture of acoustic folk, rock, jazz and originality. Their lead singer, who was not only a very accomplished guitarist, but had a voice not unlike Peter Gabriel, If you get a chance to see them, do, you won’t be disappointed.” The Note. Hot drinks and cake available at our gig café. BYO alcohol. Tickets £10(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/380689. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm - Claude Bourbon - Village Hall, Herring Street, South Pool, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2RP (map)
Claude is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist and a mesmerising performer. You will find Latin, Spanish, gypsy, jazz, delta blues and mediaeval influences throughout. Samples, videos etc. www.claudebourbon.org. Tickets £15, supper included. Doors open 7pm for supper at 7.30pm; concert starts 8.30pm. For more info, ring 01548 531979 or email madelinemarchand1@gmail.com. Online tickets www.reverbnation.com/show/17863442.

Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm - The Lures - Buccaneers Live Events Venue & Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
The Lures - led by the dual vocals of Hamish Goodwin and Maria Kontorravdis. Energetic indie stompers and heartfelt folk songs for fans of The Shins, The Smiths, The Lumineers. Support: Tin Soldiers, atmospheric indiefolk with swirling violins, warm piano, and intense light and dark dynamics. For fans of Radiohead, Wolf Alice, Daughter. Cobby, singer-songwriter from Crediton, a stalwart of local rock and metal bands, his more laid back solo project shows off his song writing skills and lyrics. £2 entrance.

Sunday 26 February 2017 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free. Tables may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

Sunday 26 February 2017 3-6pm - Martin Hodge Memorial Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
With Pam Hayes. Entrance: Give a donation that will go towards Hospice Care. Martin Hodge, popular Phonic FM radio show presenter, Exeter Pride supporter and dance caller passed away suddenly several weeks ago.

Sunday 26 February 2017 5pm - 'Time of our Lives' - St. Paul’s Church, Devon Square, Newton Abbot TQ12 2HN
With words and music, compiled and performed by Words for Voices with music from Devon Close Harmony Quartet (DCHQ), 'Time of our Lives' is a very humorous  look at the Seven ages of Man and gives us lots of scope to remind you of infancy, empathise with you through adolescence, flirt with you through the wooing years, have a crisis with you in midlife and then learn to forget about how it will all end! Words for Voices are 4 actors who have worked together for decades and produce very slick, brilliantly presented sketches on a particular theme. DCHQ have a great selection of songs to fit the theme, mostly a cappella and ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. "Although it’s not exactly a folk concert (with the acting) the quartet are singing Foreign Lander and Mike Harding's "Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls" amongst others." Tickets £10 (U16 free) available from Torbay Hospital Main Reception, or St. Paul’s Church. (League of Friends 01803 654520). Proceeds will benefit Rowcroft Hospice and Torbay Hospital League of Friends.

UPDATED Sunday 26 February 2017 7.45pm - Geoff Lakeman - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Having produced and nurtured the incredible musical talents of the 3 Lakeman brothers, and performed in a number of excellent bands, Geoff now has created a successful solo career, demonstrating superb ability on a duet concertina and his smooth, easy singing-style. He has supported this Club for decades - do not miss him! Geoff has recently released his debut album, aptly entitled 'After All These Years'. www.geofflakeman,co.uk. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Monday 27 February 2017 7.30pm - Siobhan Miller - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of Scotland's foremost traditional singers, and twice winner of the prestigious Scots Singer of the Year title at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Siobhan Miller has carved out a reputation as “one of the finest voices on the Scottish folk scene” (The Scotsman). Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song effortlessly stills and silences all spaces, from the most vast concert halls to the bar sessions afterwards. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Monday 27 February 2017 7.30pm - Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Our special guest in the second half of our unique open-mic is Michael Baker, a multi-faceted songwriting talent, well worth coming to see. www.michaelbakerofficial.com. Plus some fine music from local and not-so local singer/songwriters. Doors 7pm. Entry £2 performers,£5 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked). Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

Joe Stead presents his lecture ‘The Life and Times of Paul Robeson’
Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Oddfellows Inn, 60 New North Road, (B3183) Exeter EX4 4EP, tel. 01392 209050
See details above 23/24 February entries for Lympstone and Brixham venues.

Wednesday 1 March 2017 - Broadside Ballads - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. With Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp & Nathaniel Mann.
Three of the UK’s most innovative folk artists collaborate for the first time to reinvent a collection of British broadsides – low cost daily song sheets sold for pence – giving a rare insight into Britain’s music, literary and political history. Delving into the collection of broadsides at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Sam, Lisa and Nathaniel lead a five-piece band, bringing broadside ballads to life for a new generation. A broadside (also known as a broadsheet) is a single sheet of inexpensive paper printed on one side, often with a ballad, rhyme, news and sometimes with woodcut illustrations. Broadside ballads, from the 16th to 20thcenturies, contain words and images once displayed and sung daily in Britain’s streets and inns. Although part of living traditions of folksong, popular art and literature, these illustrated printed sheets are now rare and preserved in only a few libraries. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/broadside-ballads.

Thursday 2 March 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound. Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre. Tickets £13 from 01364 631288. Licensed bar.

Sold out Friday 3 March 2017 8pm - Oysters3 - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Contact details see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/oysters3.htm. Seated concert, unreserved seating.

Friday 3 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Rattery Village Hall, nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01364 643741.

Friday 3 March 2017 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar. Entry £3.www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 4 March 2017 - Leveret - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Their music is not arranged at all in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment, combining consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity in a sound which feels both timeless and contemporary. Awarded Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 – the third time he has won this award – Andy Cutting is a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Andy takes the title from Sam Sweeney, who bagged the same award in 2015, thanks to his work with Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and The Full English. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and more. “Three of England’s finest traditional players weaving exquisite tapestries out of old and new tunes. Just sublime. I can’t recommend seeing them live enough. ” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3. www.leveretband.com. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 4 March 2017 7.30pm - Scott Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Scott has garnered serious critical acclaim across his ten-year career and has taken this time to nurture his craft. He was always deliberate in his actions - witnessed in the time he originally spent as a guitarist, before becoming the singer songwriter whose vocal style has been much referenced in ethereal terms of "ghostly", "haunting", "eerie" and "hypnotic". See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 5 March 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Storytelling Start-Up - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
A workshop all about starting to tell stories. This day is for beginners to storytelling, or those with little experience. We will work with one of the Grimm’s stories (a wonder tale) to look at story structure, character, and idiosyncrasy; walk the story, considering environment and audience; and work with techniques for remembering story and gaining confidence. By the end of the day, you will have had the opportunity to tell at least one story that you can take away and make your own. 1st of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Sunday 5 March 2017 7.45pm - Stanley Accrington - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Stanley has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Monday 6 March 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Tuesday 7 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01392 811246.

Thursday 9 March 2017 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
It’s fitting that for our tenth Crabshell “free” concert, Janet & John will be our first guests. They brought our first concert in 2015 to a stomping end and we’re so glad they’re back again. Mahrey Berthoud is an accomplished musician and singing coach. Mahrey is half of the “Songsisters” but will be solo this time to delight us with fine singing accompanied by gentle guitar with, perhaps, a fiddle tune thrown in as well. After the break, Jane & Gill will entertain. They attack all their songs with total commitment and enthusiasm. Apart from guitar, it’s just possible that Gill will wow us with her little ukulele. In November 2016, John & Tricia (“Silvington”) finished the concert with a great set. They’ve been invited back and rumour has it they may have their first CD to promote! (To hear some of Silvington and other local performers go to the Shamstrad video gallery) . No need to book; all we ask is that you will be sitting down ready for us to start at 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We hope you can join us. We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Thursday 9 March 2017 - Kris Drever - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. To simply call Kris Drever ‘a folksinger’ would be like saying that Lau, the acclaimed band in which he also sings and plays, is ‘a Scottish folk trio’. Both true descriptions but reductive ones that only hint at the progressive joys contained in the music of each. Helping Kris to realise his latest album (his first for 6 years) are the renowned guitar genius Ian Carr, ace bassist Euan Burton and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott on drums and vocals. Support: Kaia Kater. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kris-drever.

Thursday 9 March 2017 - Daria Kulesh - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With special guests Velvet and Stone. details tba www.daria-kulesh.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 8.30pm - Kent DuChaine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since going solo in 1982 and hitting the road in the United States, Kent and his National Duolian guitar 'Leadbessie' have probably clocked up over two million miles together, promoting the delta blues and blues music in general. Kent will also speak of the history of the blues, the great men and women who developed it and his incredible involvement with some of them. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Friday 10 March 2017 -The Kit Hillbillies - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The Kit Hillbillies are an old-timey, bluegrassy, ragtimey, toe-tappy, good-timey string band from the Deep South (of England)! They specialise in acoustic Americana that's rootsy, retro and uptempo. They place particular emphasis on old-fashioned harmony singing. Their repertoire includes traditional old-time favourites such as "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "In the Jailhouse Now" or the rattling bluegrass drive of "Duelling Banjos" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Some original bluesy songs too (with many a knowing nod to the backwoods and badlands of Devon & Cornwall) alongside some modern classics by the likes of Johnny Cash & Steve Earle... in short, it's the makings of a rousing, stomping night of tunes. www.facebook.com/events/340283969671242
. Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Friday 10 March 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Come and dance to the wonderful music of Chris Toyne’s One Man Band, with caller Jeremy Child. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 10 March 2017 8pm - Kitty McFarlane - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Kitty is a young singer songwriter from Somerset fresh off a tour supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Wakeman. Her live set showcases the clarity and gravity of her vocals and dynamic guitar accompaniment, with themes as diverse as inundated Somerset Levels, climate change, adolescence and worries about mortality, beside interpretations of traditional folk songs. "A young star whose fire is smouldering gently, not long surely off catching and taking hold...A crystal clear ringing voice and finely picked guitar providing the Macfarlane hallmark.” Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.
Coming next: Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle paying, all with Kit’s incredible sense of fun! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as “Macy Gray meets Nick Drake” and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Kit’s recent concerts include the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, Paul McCartney’s LIPA, a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival. Kit’s eagerly anticipated third album, Driving into the Blue, which features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, received high critical acclaim. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of ‘blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.’ ‘Full of warmth…an absolute delight.’ The Observer. ‘Impressive…a new British guitar heroine.’ **** The Guardian. www.kitholmes.co.uk.
Friday 10 March 2017 - Clayhidon Parish Hall
Saturday 11 March 2017 - Hockworthy Village Hall
Sunday 12 March 2017 - Brentor Village Hall

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Dance off the winter blues at South Brent Folk's great annual family ceilidh. Caller Kip Pratt (fiddle); Steve Banks (fiddle); Mike Vickery (mandolin, guitar); Pat Butterly (bass). All welcome. Bar and refreshments available. Tickets from artworks: £7.50 adult, £2.50 child. FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit www.southbrentfolk.org.
One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 1 July 2017 and the Annual 'Twixt' Ceilidh on Thursday 28 December 2017.

Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Barn Dance (& Supper) with Rumpus Ceilidh Band - St Matthias Church Hall, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW (map)
Licensed bar. Tickets £10, family (2+2) £25, from Pat on 01803 323801. Proceeds to TOPS Musical Productions to enable them to continue producing full-scale musical in Torbay.

UPDATED Not The Askew Sisters, as I stated last time, but Dipper Malkin...
NEW
Saturday 11 March 2017 8pm - Dipper Malkin - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT
(map)
Dipper Malkin is the “potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians that have spent their careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. John Dipper (viola d’amore) was one third of The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Robert Harbron and currently works with string quartet Methera, while Dave Malkin (guitar, voice) was a founding member of trio Tandem, stylishly combining traditionally informed compositions with live electronics. Support is Reuben Lenkiewicz, a local Teignmouth classical fuitarist. A night for music lovers. Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 11 March 2017 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub's food is recommended.
NB This regular monthly event normally takes place on the first Saturday, but unavoidably had to be changed for March.

Saturday 11 March 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+ Noble Jacks + Biere De Luxe. Standing Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/mad-dog-mcrea,

Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Duotone - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy and Jackie Oates.Duotone’s new album Let’s Get Low, written at home on his narrowboat, reveals a songwriter who is unafraid to explore real-life experiences that are often hidden from view after two years in the making, presents a new perspective on his experiences and explores the meaning of home and his sense of place. 'This is some of the most amazing music you'll witness' BBC Radio 4. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 12 March 2017 7.30pm - Bob Fox - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For over 40 years Bob Fox has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia, performing mostly solo but also alongside such musical heavyweights as Ralph McTell, Richard Thompson, and Fairport Convention. Twice nominated as Best Folk Singer in the BBC Folk Awards Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit. Don’t miss a chance to experience Bob's warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar style and newly acquired melodeon playing skill as he performs some the songs from WarHorse along with additional material from the newly written BBC Radio Ballads and old favourites from his many recordings. This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 12 March 2017 8pm - Vin Garbutt - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Spring Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with: Barry Lister and Friends, Moira Craig / Malcolm Austen. Guest MC: Jon Shapley. Craft Theme: Stained glass (Geoff Markley). Floor singers welcome. Doors 7.30pm, Scratch Band 7.45pm, start prompt 8pm. Entry £6 includes Pint & Pasty.  Further information: www.reynardine.co.uk, email  folk@reynardine.co.uk, tel. 01363 82621. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Thursday 16 March 2017 7.30pm - Blackheart Orchestra - Poltimore House, nr Exeter EX4 0AU
Come and enjoy the eclectic music of the world renowned, award winning British singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist duo. Licensed bar. Snacks available to purchase. Tickets £13, see www.poltimore.org for full details.

Friday 17 March 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Chudleigh Community Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Licensed bar. Unreserved seating. Tickets £14 Sue, email susan.metcalfe@hotmail.co.uk or call 01626 853651.

Friday 17 March 2017 7.30pm - Film: “Dartmoor Entertainers” - Lustleigh Village Hall
Presented by The Lustleigh Society. The film will be introduced by Bill Murray. Dave Wills & Len Harvey (of the Kelly Quarry Blasters) and Jason Rice, Mark Bazeley, Rob Murch (of the Dartmoor Pixie Band) will be making personal appearances on the night. The film is being shown with the kind agreement of The South West Film Archive. In aid of the Lustleigh Community Archive. Tickets £7.50 available from The Lustleigh Dairy tel. 01647 277498 or email peter@moormasons.plus.com. Bar.

Friday 17 March 2017 8pm - Si Barron - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. www.sibarron.eu, www.barronbrady.com. Support: tbc. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £8; adv notice, paid on door £10. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 17 March 2017 9pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Snooty Fox, St. Marychurch, Torquay
St.Patrick’s Day Party with Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers. Banjos, fiddles, mandolins, border bagpipes, percussion, harmonica. Fast and furious jigs and reels, and - for St. Patrick’s Day - a night of Irish singalong favourites together with a scattering of bluegrass and original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 9pm and entrance is free. Venue can be contacted on 01803 323312. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

Friday/Saturday 17/18 March 2017 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Not just one, but two nights with Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships and big favourites with our Calstock Arts audience. Twice winners of the Best Duo prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘songwriters par excellence’ (fRoots), whose original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale. After twenty years collaboration with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk. “Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.” Billboard Magazine. “As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk.” MOJO. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. www.calstockarts.org.

FB Pocket Orchestra
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Blues, ragtime, hot jazz, songs & dances from long ago. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in the October. The aims of the Pocket Orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. ‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.’ Jazz FM. www.fbpocketorchestra.co.uk.
Friday 17 March 2017 - Lympstone Village Hall
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 3pm - Harbottle & Jonas + Velvet & Stone - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. Velvet & Stone are an indie-folk band from Devon, UK. They combine rich vocals, acoustic guitar and violin, to give an original take on a traditional genre. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - William the Conqueror - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Once a treasure of the folk circuit, Ruarri Joseph had been leading a double existence, 4 studio albums in under his own name the singer created an alter-ego, William the Conqueror, as a way of being able to play live music away from the obligatory promotional touring. Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. An invite to Nashville and a nomination for an Americana award already under the belt, be sure to keep a close eye on William’s endeavours in 2017. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh Evening with JAMAS - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Live band and licensed bar. Tickets £7 from Tim Bayton: tim@timbayton.co.uk, 07743 066225. St James’ Church Exeter, sharing God’s love through worship, fellowship and service. www.stjamesexeter.org.

Saturday 18 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Manaton Parish Hall TQ13 9UJ
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01647 221600.

Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Alasdair Roberts Trio - Barbican Theatre Auditorium, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The return of Scottish folk artist Alasdair Roberts performing in the Barbican Theatre auditorium with his trio featuring Alex Neilson (drums) and Stevie Jones (bass). Support from Sound of Yell. Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwritercomposer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreterarranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond. £12 adv, £15 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 31 albums, music for Bill Bryson’s audio book and over 3 million YouTube views prove it was a successful journey. He is supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys on their first British tour as they promote their new album Plenty More Fish In The Sea. Also art exhibition and meet and greet from 5pm prior to the show. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/richarddigance. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 18 March 2017 - Crow Puppets - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Devon duo Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall bring their own style of homespun Folk with close harmonies and a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast in their songwriting, re-living memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. Well known on the south west circuit, they are currently recording their second album with Jay Darlington of Oasis. www.crowpuppets.com. Tickets £8 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance@msn.com. Doors 7:30pm, refreshments available, proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support

Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton, nr Seaton EX24 6JS
Reg Meuross is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. 2017 heralds a new solo album to be released in the Spring, a fresh collection of songs from Reg Meuross which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming love songs ever written. Reg will preview songs from this new album at Colyton, as well as performing a selection of old favourites from the Meuross catalogue. “A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy. Details www.regmeuross.com/event/reg-meuross-live-colyton-devon.

Sunday 19 March 2017 7.45pm - Reg Meuross - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A consummate singer/songwriter, Reg has quietly perfected his art, producing deeply meaningful, moving songs. "Calling Meuross a singer-songwrter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear" (Pennyblack Music). For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Monday 20 March 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Monday 20 March 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Geoff Lakeman, father of Seth, Sean and Sam, is a Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for almost four decades. He has been described as "a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." It was Geoff and his wife Joy who inspired their sons' love of music. However it has taken Geoff 69 years before releasing his debut album, appropriately titled "After All These Years'. It's already getting rave reviews and national and local radio air time. Tickets £15, includes a bar meal, can be obtained from www.ticketsource.co.uk/brookinnplympton.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by the Widecombe Sailing Club. Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release five acclaimed solo albums. Mike Cosgrave started out with renowned late 90s Celtic/World music crossover band Sin é and he has gone on to work with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and – of course - current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuosos Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross. He recently formed a duo with virtuoso fiddler and guitarist Steve Banks, touring as Cosgrave & Banks. Tickets for sumptuous dinner and gig £24 or gig only £14. Doors 6.30pm for supper. Contact Daf Edwards on dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 or see www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

Mambo Jambo
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
This friendly and talented acoustic roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable. Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ’feel-good’ is an understatement - it’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night! ”A fabulous musical treat Creative Arts East An upbeat, feel-good concert.” Live And Local. “Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.” Leeds Gig Guide. www.mambojambo.co.uk.
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Kingston Reading Room TQ7 4QE
Thursday 23 March 2017 - Milton Combe Village Hall
Friday 24 March 2017 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Talaton Parish Hall

Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, it's the approach that sets it apart, leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music to embrace other influences. With Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion their innovative arrangements appeal not only to folk lovers but to anyone who has an appreciation of beautiful and inspiring music. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Friday 24 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01404 841367.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
As the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, Steve needs little introduction. He has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo. Support: popular local group The Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets £18, £10 U16, from Lympstone Entertainments Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email at lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk. Car parking in the village car park, and it is hoped also the nursery opposite the church. Venue is 10 minutes' walk from both Lympstone Village Station (Exeter to Exmouth line) and the number 57 bus stop (service runs between Exeter and Exmouth).

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane. £12.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 25 March 2017 - Tir Na Nog - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. Support: Crystal Jacqueline. www.unit23live.co.uk. Tel. 01803 864130. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/306462.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Les Barker - Function Room, Dolphin Hotel, Fore St., Beer EX12 3EQ
Come and enjoy the hilarious performance of Les Barker who writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic. Tickets £10 from the Dolphin (01297 20068) or by post (cheque payable to Richard Scott, with SAE): Richard Scott, 23 Underleys, Beer, Devon EX12 3LX.

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
We’re really pleased to welcome back Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers who have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Tuesday 28 March 2017 - Daoirí Farrell & The Damien O’Kane Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
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This double headliner gig brings two Irish musicians at the top of their game to Exeter. Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination to boot. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra / Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st century’. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/daoiri-farrell-the-damien-okane-trio.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Winners ‘Best Duo’ Spiral Earth Awards 2015, Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Full details, bookings etc. /www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/katherineroberts-seanlakeman. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 31 March 2017 7pm - Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN
Martin Simpson is one of the finest guitar players in the world today. Equally at home playing English folk music, American folk and blues, or his own compositions, he is listed in Gibson Guitars as one of the top thirty acoustic guitarists of all time. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. In his intimate solo performances he gives rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty. The fifteenth-century St Andrew's Church venue has superb acoustic qualities. The combination of Martin's music and the special qualities of this ancient venue promises an unforgettable experience. Bar in the church. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-simpson-tickets-30808940370?aff=es2. Presented by 'Music in Moretonhampstead’.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - The Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Definitely a favourite at 2016 Chagstock, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band! “The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP; "(Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” Argus. Support tbc. £10 adv, £12 door, standing with some seating.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - David Celia and Marla - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
David is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. His songs have an open alt/folk style that’s also been described as “Beatlesque”. On this tour he is accompanied with German/Spanish singer Marla, who he has also produced. He tours frequently across Canada and to Europe where he has played festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Blue Balls (CH), Le Rock (FRA) and more. David has played with Canadian folk legends Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot is a fan. As a result of playing sideman to Emiliana Torrini, he was invited to be one of the headliners at Braedslan Festival 2016 in Iceland. More details, tickets from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/389589.

Sunday 2 April 2017 7.30pm - Green Light Unplugged Showcase & CD Launch - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
This event is the final chapter of a competition for original acoustic songwriters and musicians from the Devon area, which also raises funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon. The 12 audition gigs were completed just before Christmas, and in January our judges chose the 13 winning acts, and the recording process is well underway. We are now eagerly awaiting this Launch where all the winning artists will play, to be hosted by James Santer of BBC Radio Devon Introducing. We have definitely found some fantastic local talent and we would love you to come along to the show. Tickets just £9 adv, and can be purchased directly from Graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com without a booking fee (payment by cheque, cash or BACS); you can also contact him on 01803 875527/07815 620402, or £10 on the door. All proceeds from the album and the launch event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon.

***** Part Two - not this time *****

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Villages in Action Announcement
"Those promoters who were at The May 2016 Menu Launch will be aware that Villages in Action has been coping with an 80% reduction in its funding in the last five years.
Catherine Devenish, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, has regretfully announced that the scheme will be taking a pause in its activities after the end of the current spring season. The Board hopes to provide more information about the legacy of Villages in Action this summer. Please go to the Promoters area to find out more regarding the background to this decision and what the implications are. As our Unearth project is separately funded, we hope that it will be unaffected.
We want to express our gratitude to the promoters, audiences and artists who have made our events so special and memorable over the last 24 years."
[Further information can be found on the VIA website www.villagesinaction.co.uk.]

Callington 2017 Mayfest Pre-fest Workshops
Callington MayFest takes place on Saturday 13 May 2017
Four series of workshops taking place leading up to the big day are summarised below (all events are by voluntary donation). Full details, contact information etc. can be found at www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com.
Short reminders only will appear in Harberton Folk listings for the relevent dates.
Cornish Dance and Music workshops with Carmen Hunt - Callington Bowling Club, Liskeard Road, Callington PL17 7JE
7.00pm on Mondays March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1
A chance to pick up a selection of Cornish social/community, set and step dances just for fun, usually indoors, sometimes outdoors, always with LIVE music! Ideal for complete beginners and experienced dancers alike, and anyone who things they've got two left feet! Always taught from scratch, and tailored to the participants at each session. U14s must be accompanied by a participating adult. Musicians welcome to come and join in.
Instrumental Music Workshops Jon Dyer of Wren Music - Methodist Church, Haye Rd, Callington PL17 7JJ
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6
These workshops will cover learning Cornish and West Country tunes, arranged for the group, and playing for dancing. The workshops are open to all acoustic instruments. You will need to have a basic knowledge of your own instrument to join in, but tunes will be arranged for all abilities. Music reading is helpful, but not essential, as tunes will also be taught by ear.
Singing Workshops with Sarah Owen of Wren Music - Town Hall, New Road, Callington PL17 7BD
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6
A series of singing workshops leading up to the Callington MayFest on Saturday 13th May. These workshops will cover
techniques for singing and getting to know your voice. Cornish and West Country songs with some modern twists . The songs will be arranged for the group. The workshops are open to all comers of all abilities.
Samba Drumming Workshops with Sean Hooper Truro School of Samba - Callington Scout Hut, New Road, Callington PL17 7BE
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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15/2/17

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 15 February 2017

Part One below - A full listing for the next 4 weeks or so
Part Two - One-liners to the end of April
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - One-liners to the end of April *****

FB Pocket Orchestra www.villagesinaction.co.uk
Friday 17 March 2017 - Lympstone Village Hall
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall
Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh Evening with JAMAS - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Saturday 18 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Manaton Parish Hall TQ13 9UJ
Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Alasdair Roberts Trio - Barbican Theatre Auditorium, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Saturday 18 March 2017 - Crow Puppets - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton, nr Seaton EX24 6JS
Sunday 19 March 2017 7.45pm - Reg Meuross - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Monday 20 March 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor

Mambo Jambo www.villagesinaction.co.uk
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Kingston Reading Room TQ7 4QE
Thursday 23 March 2017 - Milton Combe Village Hall
Friday 24 March 2017 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Talaton Parish Hall
Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Friday 24 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Tir Na Nog - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Les Barker - Function Room, Dolphin Hotel, Fore St., Beer EX12 3EQ
Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Tuesday 28 March 2017 - Daoirí Farrell & The Damien O’Kane Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Friday 31 March 2017 7pm - Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN
Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - The Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - David Celia and Marla - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
NEW Thursday 6 April 2017 7.30pm - Jim Payne & Wren Music - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
NEW Friday 7 April 2017 7pm - Jim Payne & Wren Music - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 8pm - Janet Russell - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 - Sam Carter - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
NEW
Saturday 8 April 2017 7pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JB
NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: The Heart of a Story - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
NEW
Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm  - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
NEW Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
NEW Friday 14 April 2016 - Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
NEW
Saturday 15 April 2017 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Harbour Lights, Anchor Cottages, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ
Sunday 16 April 2017 - Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall
NEW tbc Tuesday 18 April 2017 8pm - Kadia - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
NEW
Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Pete Morton - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
NEW Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 -
Keston Cobblers Club - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
NEW Wednesday 26 April 2017 -
Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Storytelling Sundays - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
Storytelling skills are useful in many walks of life. Whether you would like more confidence in public speaking, are interested in the deeper issues brought out by stories, want to develop your creative expression, or want to tell stories but simply don’t know how to begin, the most important thing to do is start! During spring and early summer 2017 Lisa Schneidau is holding a series of Storytelling Sundays. These are one-day workshops for beginners and experienced tellers alike. Storytelling Sundays will:
– explore different aspects of story and how we connect with them, through tellings and discussion
– help you develop your storytelling skills and confidence by providing a ‘toolkit’ of techniques
– play with story and imagination through story games.
These workshops are designed for learning at your own pace, and sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Lisa has used her own experience in storytelling to develop activities which are useful, practical, thought-provoking and fun.
All Storytelling Sundays are 10am-4.30pm, based in the Dartmoor town of Chagford, at Endecott House (occasionally we will venture out into the wilds as well), and cost £35 for the day (plus a small charge from the ticketing website). Discount for booking 3 or 4 workshops.
Sunday 5 March 2017 - Storytelling Start-Up
Sunday 9 April 2017 - The Heart of a Story
Sunday 14 May 2017 - Through Different Eyes
Sunday 11 June 2017 - Spirits of Place and Time
For details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

What's Happening at the The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)?
See www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts for full details. Tel. 01579 320251.
Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends
Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika
Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion

Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon

Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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8/2/17

Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 February 2017

Part One below - A full listing of all events for the next 4 weeks
Part Two - A full listing of all events for the remainder of March
Part Three - Other stuff (including important Oysters3 update)
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - A full listing of all events for the remainder of March *****

NEW FB Pocket Orchestra
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Blues, ragtime, hot jazz, songs & dances from long ago. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in the October. The aims of the Pocket Orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. ‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.’ Jazz FM. www.fbpocketorchestra.co.uk.
Friday 17 March 2017 - Lympstone Village Hall
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh Evening with JAMAS - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Live band and licensed bar. Tickets £7 from Tim Bayton: tim@timbayton.co.uk, 07743 066225. St James’ Church Exeter, sharing God’s love through worship, fellowship and service. www.stjamesexeter.org.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Manaton Parish Hall TQ13 9UJ
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01647 221600.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Alasdair Roberts Trio - Barbican Theatre Auditorium, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The return of Scottish folk artist Alasdair Roberts performing in the Barbican Theatre auditorium with his trio featuring Alex Neilson (drums) and Stevie Jones (bass). Support from Sound of Yell. Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwritercomposer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreterarranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond. £12 adv, £15 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 31 albums, music for Bill Bryson’s audio book and over 3 million YouTube views prove it was a successful journey. He is supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys on their first British tour as they promote their new album Plenty More Fish In The Sea. Also art exhibition and meet and greet from 5pm prior to the show. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/richarddigance. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 - Crow Puppets - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Devon duo Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall bring their own style of homespun Folk with close harmonies and a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast in their songwriting, re-living memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. Well known on the south west circuit, they are currently recording their second album with Jay Darlington of Oasis. www.crowpuppets.com. Tickets £8 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance@msn.com. Doors 7:30pm, refreshments available, proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton, nr Seaton EX24 6JS
Reg Meuross is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. 2017 heralds a new solo album to be released in the Spring, a fresh collection of songs from Reg Meuross which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming love songs ever written. Reg will preview songs from this new album at Colyton, as well as performing a selection of old favourites from the Meuross catalogue. “A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy. Details www.regmeuross.com/event/reg-meuross-live-colyton-devon.

NEW Sunday 19 March 2017 7.45pm - Reg Meuross - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A consummate singer/songwriter, Reg has quietly perfected his art, producing deeply meaningful, moving songs. "Calling Meuross a singer-songwrter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear" (Pennyblack Music). For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Monday 20 March 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Geoff Lakeman, father of Seth, Sean and Sam, is a Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for almost four decades. He has been described as "a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." It was Geoff and his wife Joy who inspired their sons' love of music. However it has taken Geoff 69 years before releasing his debut album, appropriately titled "After All These Years'. It's already getting rave reviews and national and local radio air time. Tickets £15, includes a bar meal, can be obtained from www.ticketsource.co.uk/brookinnplympton.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by the Widecombe Sailing Club. Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks,collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release five acclaimed solo albums. Mike Cosgrave started out with renowned late 90s Celtic/World music crossover band Sin é and he has gone on to work with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and – of course - current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuosos Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross. He recently formed a duo with virtuoso fiddler and guitarist Steve Banks, touring as Cosgrave & Banks. Tickets for sumptuous dinner and gig £24 or gig only £14. Doors 6.30pm for supper. Contact Daf Edwards on dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 or see www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Mambo Jambo
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
This friendly and talented acoustic roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable. Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ’feel-good’ is an understatement - it’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night! ”A fabulous musical treat Creative Arts East An upbeat, feel-good concert.” Live And Local. “Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.” Leeds Gig Guide. www.mambojambo.co.uk.
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Kingston Reading Room TQ7 4QE
Thursday 23 March 2017 - Milton Combe Village Hall
Friday 24 March 2017 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Talaton Parish Hall

NEW Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, it's the approach that sets it apart, leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music to embrace other influences. With Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion their innovative arrangements appeal not only to folk lovers but to anyone who has an appreciation of beautiful and inspiring music. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 24 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01404 841367.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
As the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, Steve needs little introduction. He has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo. Support: popular local group The Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets £18, £10 U16, from Lympstone Entertainments Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email at lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk. Car parking in the village car park, and it is hoped also the nursery opposite the church. Venue is 10 minutes' walk from both Lympstone Village Station (Exeter to Exmouth line) and the number 57 bus stop (service runs between Exeter and Exmouth).

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane. £12.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 - Tir Na Nog - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. Support: Crystal Jacqueline. www.unit23live.co.uk. Tel. 01803 864130. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/306462.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
We’re really pleased to welcome back Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers who have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Tuesday 28 March 2017 - Daoirí Farrell & The Damien O’Kane Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
This double headliner gig brings two Irish musicians at the top of their game to Exeter. Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination to boot. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra / Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st century’. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/daoiri-farrell-the-damien-okane-trio.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Winners ‘Best Duo’ Spiral Earth Awards 2015, Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Full details, bookings etc. /www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/katherineroberts-seanlakeman. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 7pm - Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN
Martin Simpson is one of the finest guitar players in the world today. Equally at home playing English folk music, American folk and blues, or his own compositions, he is listed in Gibson Guitars as one of the top thirty acoustic guitarists of all time. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. In his intimate solo performances he gives rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty. The fifteenth-century St Andrew's Church venue has superb acoustic qualities. The combination of Martin's music and the special qualities of this ancient venue promises an unforgettable experience. Bar in the church. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-simpson-tickets-30808940370?aff=es2. Presented by 'Music in Moretonhampstead’.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - The Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Definitely a favourite at 2016 Chagstock, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band! “The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP; "(Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” Argus. Support tbc. £10 adv, £12 door, standing with some seating.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - David Celia and Marla - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
David is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. His songs have an open alt/folk style that’s also been described as “Beatlesque”. On this tour he is accompanied with German/Spanish singer Marla, who he has also produced. He tours frequently across Canada and to Europe where he has played festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Blue Balls (CH), Le Rock (FRA) and more. David has played with Canadian folk legends Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot is a fan. As a result of playing sideman to Emiliana Torrini, he was invited to be one of the headliners at Braedslan Festival 2016 in Iceland. More details, tickets from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/389589.

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Last few Super Early Bird tickets available. Sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

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General items retained from previous circulars

Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.
John Connor is also the promoter of a concert at Kingston Reading Room on Saturday 18 February by key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

New Festival not too far away - First Bridport Folk Festival - 11-13 August 2017
The very first Bridport Folk Festival planned for August. Comprising a combination of music and dance with three open air stages plus three indoor venues. Event will include ceilidhs and workshops . With the wonderfully talented and charismatic Reg Meuross, Ninebarrow, The Polly Morris Band and Tinderbox to name a few as part of an exciting line up in excess of 40 acts, this first festival is going to be a cracker. Applications from dance sides are still being accepted as are traders. Contact for dance is Ian Cox: lauriancox@yahoo.co.uk. For Trade stalls Tim; www.bhreventsolutions.co.uk/bridport-folk-festival.

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Topsham Folk Club: Guest nights for early 2017
at Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map) - see www.topshamfolkclub.org for details, bookings etc.
Sunday 19 February 2017 8pm - The Tom McConville Band
Live performances of The Tom McConville Band combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing with fantastic harmonies; all presented with that inimitable sense of humour and style. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, the band also features accordion player Shona Kipling, guitarist David Newey and Phil Murray – the man Mike Harding called ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’. ‘One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music – A true master’ – Seth Lakeman.
Sunday 12 March 2017 8pm -
Vin Garbutt
Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.
Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian.
Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.

Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.

Folk on the Moor Club: Guest nights for early 2017
at Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map) - www.moorfolk.co.uk - to book seats for any concert please email folkonthemoor1@gmail.com.
Sunday 29 January 2017 7.45pm - Carrivick Sisters
Originally from Devon, where much inspiration for their own songs emanates, twins Charlotte and Laura made a big impact on the folk scene in a short time after leaving school and have since won a host of awards for their bluegrass-style material. The write, sing and play beautifully (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo). www.thecarrivicksisters.co.uk.
Sunday 12 February 2017 7.45pm - Cosgrave & Banks
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com.
Sunday 19 February 2017 7.45pm - Geoff Lakeman
Having produced and nurtured the incredible musical talents of the 3 Lakeman brothers, and performed in a number of excellent bands, Geoff now has created a successful solo career, demonstrating superb ability on a duet concertina and his smooth, easy singing-style. He has supported this Club for decades - do not miss him!
Sunday 5 March 2017 7.45pm - Stanley Accrington
Stanley has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further!
Sunday 19 March 2017 7.45pm - Reg Meuross
A consummate singer/songwriter, Reg has quietly perfected his art, producing deeply meaningful, moving songs. "Calling Meuross a singer-songwrter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear" (Pennyblack Music).

Featured venue: Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
In addition to the monthly (2nd Weds, next: 11 January) 'Beehive Folk Café - a friendly, mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots hosted by singer Sue King in the bar, where everyone is welcome to come and perform or have a drink and listen to some very talented local musicians - the Beehive regularly promotes folk concerts, currently featuring (full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk, tel: 01404 384050):
Saturday 21 January 2017 8pm - Willie and the Bandits
Eclectic grooves from this roots, folk, rock 3-piece."One of the best Live acts in the country." The Telegraph.
Friday 10 February 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones
Seated. Two folk legends are coming to the Beehive: It was 50 yrs ago that Wizz invited Ralph to Cornwall to play with him at the now legendary Folk Cottage. 50 yrs later Ralph invited Wizz back to record their first album together which they are now about to tour, called “About Time.”!
Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
Seated. One of the most sought after duos on the folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that is "a musical partnership made in heaven.”
Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane.
Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues.
Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, Phil has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

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NEW 4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Super Early Bird tickets just released, limited availability. Sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

Session News
This info gleaned from
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
Christow (nr. Exeter), Teign House Inn, Teign Valley Road EX6 7PL (01647 252286). Second Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.Folk session. From January this session will take place on the second or third Wednesday of the month (watch this space).
Copplestone (nr. Crediton): The Cross EX17 5NH (Pub: 01363 84418; Dave: 01363 84914). Last Tuesday of the month, 8pm. Acoustic night. Run by Dave Brassington. This month’s session has been brought forward to 20 December. Back to normal in January.

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Session news - Church House Inn, Churchstow (from John O'Connor)
No session at the Church House Inn, Churchstow in January, owing to a change of management due to take place on January 4. Watch this space for future developments once negotiations have taken place with the new managers early in the new year. 01548 810806 for details.
John also says "Note the date: Saturday 18 February 2017, Kingston Reading Room - key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Support from Silvington, South Devon's fast emerging duo. 7.30pm Doors 7pm £10 advance from 01548 810806, £12 door.

Session News - Jurassic Folk and Jam! - Eyre Court Hotel Conservatory, 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY
Jurassic Folk nights (every 1st & 3rd Wednesday except August) attract excellent crowds and a full variety of performers. Singers & musicians welcome for an evening of live acoustic performance, listening and joining in and the odd drink or three. Come along bring your voice or an instrument or both, and entertain or be entertained and help us keep music live. Doors 7.30pm, start prompt 8pm, one interval, 10.30pm. Free admission No slots are booked. All abilities of musician will receive a warm welcome. All music acoustic so no gaps between slots. Full details www.jurassicfolkandjam.com.

Session News - Kings Arms, South Zeal nr. Okehampton EX20 2JP
Third Monday of the month, 8pm. Music session. (Pub 01837 840300; Mark Bazeley: 01837 840775).

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Ashburton Arts / Community Arts Centre
Ashburton Methodist Church is for sale. A group of people is putting together a bid to buy it and turn it into a Community Arts Centre and Work Hub (for freelancers/people working at home) . More details on the fledgling website www.ashburtonarts.org.uk (includes contact details). This Sunday 20 November there's a public meeting at the Methodist Church 3-5pm for anyone who'd like to find out more, see the initial plans that architects have created or join in discussions about things you'd like to see in the building or the programme. All welcome.

Session News - Ermington Crooked Spire - Discontinued
Last Friday of the month, 8.30pm. Music and song session (mainly blues). Discontinued. This info gleaned from
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)

Steve Knightley solo
Steve currently has the following solo gigs lined up for our coverage area:
Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm - Village Hall, Back Street, Modbury PL21 0RF
Saturday 18 February 2017 8pm - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Full details, ticketing etc. can be found on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

News from Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed
As some of you will already have heard, Maggie and Mike weed have called time on their 15+ year partnership. Both wishing to pursue other musical avenues they have amicably had a parting of the ways whilst in their own words all was good and on top form - you could say on a high note! Their performances right from the early days of Harberton Folk Concerts have always been extremely popular and they supported some of our best known names.
Maggie will continue to put on the local concerts that she and Mike have run so successfully. She will be working with a variety of musicians in the coming months and rehearsals are already underway. Guests already booked for 2017 concerts include Geoff Lakeman, Bob Fox and Phil Beer.
Maggie will soon have her own email and new contact pages up and running and we'll give details in due course.
We all wish Maggie and Mike all the best in their new ventures.

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Session News - Cider Bar, Newton Abbot
One I wasn't aware of previously, but which is already included in the extremely comprehensive session listings on www.flaxey-green.co.uk, and actually came to my attention through
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com):
Regular second Wednesday 8pm, mixed traditional music session. The main genres played are English folk, old time and bluegrass. A very relaxed session in a great venue: Cider Bar, 99 East Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2LD. Tel 01626 354221.

Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Kingsteignton (Autumn/Winter 2016 Newsletter)
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
The nights are ‘drawing in’ at the Passage House Inn and this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are all donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice.
24 October - Clive Sheard; 21 November - Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 12 December - Blue Monday
Please visit our new web page www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH and bookmark for further information. The old Facebook page will be deleted in the New Year. We meet every Monday and especially welcome visitors who are always made welcome to listen to the performances.
At the end of 2016 after 4½ years, Martin & Janet are handing over all of the running of Acoustic Warehouse Devon to Nigel & Mary. We are all very proud that the club is on target, by the end of the year, to have raised £3ooo for our local Rowcroft Hospice. Kind Regards Martin & Janet

Session news: Plymouth  (from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
Plymouth: St. Aubyn's Church, Chapel Street, Devonport PL1 4DP (01752 562348, 07887 911038)
Wednesday 7 September 7.30pm. Devonport folk and general music session. All styles and musicians welcome. Takes place above the library. Refreshments available. Disabled facilities. On bus routes 34/ 21A / 5/A into and out of Plymouth. Mecca Bingo is on the corner . “A revival of previous sessions but now in a settled home. Look forward to new and previous participants.”  It is hoped that this session will become a regular monthly event.

Green Light Unplugged
Green Light Unplugged is an acoustic music project, designed to involve local cafes, bars and other venues to provide an introductory platform for songwriters and musicians, while raising awareness and funds for MacmillanCancer Support. If you are a venue or artist, or if you would like to find out more information, please visit www.greenlightunplugged.com.

Folk Music at South Brent's two pubs
The Oak
www.oakonline.net
Folk music session
- a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song session on the third Thursday of the month from 8.pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Second Sunday of the month: Bluegrass music session from 7.45 onwards: After a couple of successful trial sessions, this is now a regular occurrence. Upbeat and great fun - everyone welcome – to play or just listen. Musicians of stringed instruments and singers all welcome to join in with the session. Have a drink and a listen to lots of lively tunes and songs. A great end to the weekend.
Pack Horse Inn
www.thepackhorse.co.uk
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Some 2017 dates from Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
NEW
Wednesday 18 January 2017 8pm - Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15713

NEW Wednesday 8 February 2017 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15716
NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm  - Feast of Fiddles
https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15702.

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. The autumn programme includes:
Sunday 11 September
2016 3pm - Sunday Sessions: Siobhán Owen
Friday 23 September 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, with James Budden
Saturday 8 October 2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Friday 4 November 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies
Friday 11 November 2016
- Jody Kruskal vs Geoff Lakeman: Duelling Concertinas
Saturday 12 November 2016
- Clive Carroll

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This is another important 'Admin' message. Monday 20 June 2016

As I have sufficient spare capacity left on my free monthly send allowance with MailChimp, I wanted to give you a quick update:
I'm still concerned that my Harberton Folk e-circulars may be increasingly falling foul of some spam filtering systems and that some intended recipients are consequently not receiving them at all, or they are going into Spam/Junk folders rather than normal In Boxes.

Statistics provided by MailChimp indicate that this may have happened to some extent again with last week's circular, sent on 14/6/16. (A copy of this can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.) My recent Admin message on 8/6/16 did not seem to suffer the same fate.

I wanted to let you know that this week's main circular will be sent sometime on Wednesday 22nd June, so if you normally receive the circulars and haven't received this week's by first thing Thursday morning, you will be able to find a copy on the website. I'd also be grateful if could let me know at the reply email address at the foot of this message.

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Session News:
South Hams
(from John O'Connor)
The Dolphin Inn Kingston is under new management, and is beginning to flourish once more as the phoenix rises from the ashes. The new landlord, Craig Worthington, has decided to keep the open mic sessions going through the summer, so the next Dolphin Open Mic will be on Friday 1 July 8 pm onwards. 01548 810806 to book a spot, follow Facebook page Dolphin Open Mic.
In other news, - the next Church House Inn (Churchstow) session will be on Thursday 1 September, as the pub is moving into its busy summer period.
Exeter: (from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com)
Whipton Music Club, The Whipton Institute Social Club, Whipton Village Road EX4 8AW (Paul Hunter: 01392 276827, whiptonmusicclub@gmail.com). Second Friday of each month, 8pm – 11pm. “Long established popular open mic night.” “I will not be able to run the club this month or July / August. However, the club is very much alive and we will resume again on the second Friday, 9th September.” Paul.

Admin Note:
I've recently been informed that the Plusnet recommendation sign-up banner at the foot of this email (and also on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk) has not been functioning correctly. I've now corrected that problem. I've been with Plusnet for nearly 16 years, since long before they became a household name. And if you need support, you know you'll talk to someone in Yorkshire!

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
concerning
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for June
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session news
Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064)
Open mic: First Friday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]

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Session/Club News
Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
Dear supporter of live music: We are enjoying the lighter and warmer nights at the Passage House Inn Devon, this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice except on 27 June proceeds will be donated to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. 6 June – Rick Lawes; 20 June – Nigel Dee; 27 June – Steve Buxton; 18 July – Graham Butterfield. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information. Kind regards, Martin.

Carmina New Album
Carmina (jazz, folk and celtic crossover), who last performed in this area 5 years ago at the Dart Music Festival and the Mildmay Colours Inn in Holbeton, are booked to record a new album at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios at the end of May. They are trying to raise some of the necessary funds through a 'Kickstart' campaign. If you're a Carmina fan, see full details here now: http://kck.st/21r6t5m.
[Please note: This is a one-off item for a friend of Harberton Folk and not the start of regular crowdfunding items.]

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Feature: South Devon Music proudly presents a
Summer of Love in Music City, Bovey Tracey! to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Summer of Love. Don’t miss these once in a lifetime opportunities to see some of the most influential musicians ever to grace any stage:
Sunday 5 June 2016 - Legendary Irish duo Tir na nOg at the Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Road
Sunday 10 July 2016 - the return of the magnificent guitarist/singer/songwriter Michael Chapman to the Edgemoor
Saturday 3 September 2016Robin (ex-Incredible String Band!) and Bina Williamson at the Dolphin Hotel, Station Road
Book your tickets here: www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Folk Dance Club News
Well, it's not news really, but there are many such clubs across our area, for example the Exeter Folk Dance Club which meets usually Last Friday in the month  7.30-9.30pm (not July/August) at the Palace Gate Centre, South Street Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter EX1 1JA.  An open and welcoming Club affiliated to EFDSS. For more information email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com. All welcome.
See www.flaxey-green.co.uk for details of all folk dance clubs across our area.

Nationwide search for members of new National Youth Folk Ensemble
[After seeing the brilliant Leveret in Kingskerswell last Friday I was reminded to circulate the following which involves Sam Sweeney and may be of interest to some talented young folk musicians in our area.]
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched a nationwide search for talented young musicians to become the first members of the new National Youth Folk Ensemble. A series of Sampler Days will be held throughout England during May and June to audition musicians aged 14 to 18 for up to 25 places in the Ensemble, which is supported by Arts Council England.
The nearest sampler day in our region is at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre on Thursday 2 June 2016 10.30am-4pm.
Led by the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the Year 2015 Sam Sweeney, each Sampler Day will include creative workshops with a team of professional folk artists, individual auditions, and a question and answer session with Ensemble staff. Selected musicians will be invited to a final audition in London in July. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians have to be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2016, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music.
Full details can be found at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble. An early application is essential.

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Session News - Plymouth
Plymouth: Artillery Arms, Pound Street, Stonehouse PL1 3RH (01752 262515). First & third Tuesdays of the month, 8.30pm. Mixed folk session. Singers particularly welcome. Formerly on alternate Tuesdays.
For comprehensive information about pub sessions (list and map) across the area see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Callington 2016 Mayfest free pre-fest workshops
Music Workshops with Becki Driscoll from Wren Music:
10.30am March 19 Callington Town Hall; April 2 / 16 / 30 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
Samba Drumming Workshops with Sean Hooper of Truro school of Samba (possibly trying some rhythms based on Cornish dances):
10.30am March 26, April 9 / 23, May 7 at Mustard Seed Church, Callington.
Cornish Dance Workshops with Carmen Hunt:
10.30am April 2 / 16 / 23 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
For more info email caveatcallington@gmail.com or contact Peter on 01579 384509.

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Topsham Folk Club Singers Nights - Temporary Change of Venue during March
The Globe is undergoing building work over the next few weeks and the Malthouse is unavailable. We will be holding Singers Nights upstairs in Matthews Hall, Topsham on March 6th, 20th and 27th. Please BYO drinks as there will be no bar available.

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Spring 2016 newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH. We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. It’s nearly spring time (hooray!), so here is our latest newsletter with details of our "Spring Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions. Finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice. 7 March - Marc Woodward; 11 April - Josie Lloyd; 16 May - Paul Holden. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 further information and performance videos.  Kind Regards Martin.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for February
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Session News - Teignmouth
New venue for the last Friday 8pm Acoustic Folk and Blues Night - Palmers Tea Rooms, 51A Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, TQ14 8DE tel: 01626 437120. Light snacks/non-alcoholic beverages available. Bring your own alcohol or purchase from pub next door. Enquiries/to book a spot telephone 07443 617076.

Folk Dance Club News
Harberton Folk does not list folk dance clubs but I've picked up from Steve Cunio's Sadfolk weekly e-missive (Somerset & Dorset folk news, www.sadfolk.co.uk) that Gittisham Folk Dance Club nr Honiton now has its own website at http://gittishamfolkdanceclub.wordpress.com.
This is also a good opportunity to tell you that full details of all folk dance clubs in our area (and beyond) can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC

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New Folk Club - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Venue: Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=293187&Y=92189&A=Y&Z=110&ax=293187&ay=92189
(This replaces the Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn)
First official night: Friday 26 February 2016 8pm (Open Club night), last Friday of the month (except December). Admission £1. This new club will be held in the newly-refurbished and extended function room that will hold up to 60 people and is very comfortable and intimate. Table-top bar serving the essential drinks (beers, lager, cider, wines and soft drinks). Prices a lot lower than pub prices. Teas & coffees available (with biscuits). Limited parking in the club car park. Free street parking available outside the club. Access to the club is through open green gates in Lyndhurst Road, off Victoria Park Road.  Full wheel-chair access and disabled toilet. Message from club organisers: Due to ongoing difficulties at the Ley Arms, securing nights and regularity, we have decided to move venues. On the positive side we think this is a very good move and look forward to welcoming old and new faces to the new tennis club venue. For more information contact: leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW First concert night at the new Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - Double Bill: Jenna Witts / Simon Barron -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Jenna Witts is a talented singer and songwriter from North Devon with an excellent voice, who has supported Show Of Hands on 5 nationwide tours, including a notable appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. She has toured and played alongside such names as Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends and Elkie Brooks. She has released three critically-acclaimed albums, her latest being Hitchhiker. Jenna plays keyboards and acoustic guitar. www.jennawitts.com. Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. www.sibarron.eu, www.barronbrady.com. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

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East Devon: Jurassic Folk and Jam to Merge
[edited] "We have some very exciting news. Jurassic Folk started in Seaton, and later moved to Beer. There have been some problems at the Beer venue. At a recent meeting the Organising Body decided that we should move back to Seaton, where parking is more readily available, and the roads are better. The Organising Body decided that we would move to the Eyre Court Hotel in Seaton (www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk). It has an air-conditioned conservatory in which we will meet. The address is 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY.
It was also decided that we should merge the Jam and Folk nights together. This will make for more varied evenings. New Jurassic Folk and Jam will run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except in August. Do come along on Wednesday 20 January for our first night in the new venue. From this time we shall function entirely at Eyre Court in Seaton. It is hoped that the new venue will be more reliable and that being in Seaton will attract more folk, whether they be singers, instrumentalists or spectators. All are welcome. Admission is free.
If you want to know more you can either visit www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451. Mobile 07976 533520. Please tell all those whom you know, of these new developments. We hope to have a large crowd of performers and spectators. Flyers will be available on the evening for all to hand out or display.
Andrew & June"

New 2016 Format for Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Entrance price on singers nights reduced to £1 performers, £2 non-performers, raising funds for guests (no raffle). We are also changing the format for singers nights. We are fortunate in that there are many performers who are very good and deserve a longer spot. So with this in mind we are going to keep the last 30 mins or so of each singers night for a longer spot from one of these floor performers.
If you have any ideas that you would like to put forward for how we could improve the club for you then please just drop me a line. Or any negative things that put you off!
Next Thursday 24 January we were due to have Bob & Gill Berry but they are ill and have had to cancel. Instead we are going to have our first singers night with a longer performance from Charlie and Emma Wilson. Charlie plays guitar and they both sing in exquisite harmony. Beautiful arrangements and lovely voices.
Next booked guests:
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Cosgrave & Banks (Mike Cosgrave & Steve Banks) www.cosgraveandbanks.com
Thursday 14 July 2016 - Steve Turner - www.steve-turner.co.uk

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
SFW has just (14/12/15) sent its first e-newsletter about the 2016 event with details of an amazing line-up, super early bird ticket deals now available etc. Don't miss out - join the e-circulation yourself at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

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NEW Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (winter newsletter), Kingsteignton
Featured Artist Events - These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm.
23 November – Steve Buxton - a charity event for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust; 7 December – John Lockwood – our talented singer and 12 string guitar player, with accompaniment by Bass Player Mark Thomas; 14 December – £1000 presentation to Rowcroft Hospice; 21 December – Christmas Party Night (there will be mince pies); 28th December - Closed; 4th January – New Year Event. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. For 2016 we are currently arranging an exciting programme of local "Featured Artists", which will include Josie Lloyd and Marc Woodward.
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information
We always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night in The Estuary Courtyard, Passage House Inn, Kingsteignton and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances. During the summer months we welcomed a total of 164 German tourists who were staying at the Passage House Hotel.
Kind Regards Martin

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. Programme includes:
Sunday 12 December 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Sky Walkers
Friday 15 January 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Appaloosas
Friday 22 January 2016 8pm- An Evening with Bob Fox, WarHorse Songman
Saturday 6 February 2016 8pm - Wildwood Kin
Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels
Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Rosa Rebecka

Folk Dance Clubs
Some readers may have noticed that I don't normally include any details of Folk Dance Clubs (club nights, events etc.) in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs.html, along with a wealth of information about many other topics 'folk'.
But this item has been prompted by a specific request from by a reader to mention the following:
Exeter Folk Dance Club at The Palace Gate Centre, Baptist Church, South Street, Exeter 7.30-10pm: October 30 Aileen Wills & The Balcony Band; November 27 Pam Hayes & Live Music; December 11 Xmas Party and Bring and Share, Simon Maplesden & Jigs for Gigs

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Crabshell Music Kingsbridge - an Update from Neil White
You have'\t heard from me since the Crabshell Records Showcase concert but I hoped you might appreciate a Crabshell music update. It’s unlikely there will be any more regular Crabshell Concerts and I expect you already know that the monthly 1st Thursday sing-arounds in the bar are no more. The pub has just got too busy (and noisy) for these to continue as they were.
However... My pal, Paul Rossiter, is initiating a new, rather different, acoustic venture upstairs in the Function Room. Some of our most notable local musicians will be invited to strut their stuff with 10 to 25 minutes for their appearance. The first of these events will be this Thursday 8 October from 8pm prompt to about 10.15pm. Performers booked for this date will include gifted multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter John Connor; the stunning voices of “songsisters" Mahrey & Nicola; the distinguished veteran musicians, Les Noden & Nigel Sture, appearing as “Bollards”; and the lively, talented duo, Johnny Mac and Janet with songs, guitar, fiddle and mandolin.
Diary! Thereafter the sessions will be at the same time on each second Thursday of the month into April (except December)
Free entry. All Seated. All acoustic. 2 for 1 Fish & Chips with your Crabshell loyalty card (apply at the bar).

About Crabshell Music Itself
Neil White's Crabshell Music catalogue ("Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musiciams who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities.") includes recordings by talented local performers such as Bollards (Les Noden & Nigel Sture), The Old Gaffers, Vic Wilcox & Johnny Kimble, Devil's Footsteps, Storm UK, John Connor, Rumpus. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html for full details.

And Another Topical Local CD Release (by Steve Banks) - John Smart's Bottle
Perhaps you caught one of the news item very recently about Napoleon Bonaparte's visit 200 years ago to Devon before being shipped off to exile in St Helena? Local Steve Banks (of The Carnival Band, Blue Jewel etc.) writes of his new CD:
"It brings to life Napoleon’s extraordinary visit to Brixham Quay on 24th July 1815, two hundred years ago. In 2012, John Risdon, the historian from Galmpton who helped me with the Dart Songs album, suggested a further collaboration, about the local history of the Napoleonic Wars, and the smuggling trade that went along with it. The central story was of Napoleon being brought to Brixham quay aboard the Belerophon (the “Billy Ruffian”) in July 1815, a few weeks after his defeat at Waterloo. There is an extraordinary real life account of this visit, through the eyes of one John Smart of Brixham, who, at 10 years old, was enjoying the special holiday to celebrate the Waterloo victory, down at Brixham quay with his mates Charlie and Dick Puddicombe, when they spied two ships of the line coming around Berry Head. The amazing drama that unfolded, is told in the title song of the album, John Smart’s Bottle."
The CD also has community involvement through The Old Gaffers, Maggie Duffy, and Brixham Folk Club. Well worth a listen to the sample tracks here www.bluejewel.info/john-smarts-bottle/john-smarts-bottle-listen-to-tracks.

Folk Song Clubs
I don't normally include any details of regular Folk Song Club singers'/musicans' nights in the Harberton Folk coverage area in my website and email listings. One very good reason for not doing so is that everything you could possibly need on this topic can always be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk. However, Andy Clarke has sent the following to his email list ahead of the regular monthly club night for Totnes Folk Song Club tomorrow Thursday 8 October which I'm happy to reproduce:
"A special welcome to all the new people on the mailing list for Totnes folk club. The club is held on the second Thursday every month upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn Totnes starting at 8 ish and (usually) every other month is a guest performers or performers. I try to book people you may not have heard of but who deserve to be seen. There are other venue’s locally that do a great job of booking big names but the travelling troubadours who have (often) been around for a long time do not get the kind of recognition they deserve even though they give first class performances. We have had some superb guest performers over the years, many of which the audience just came along on spec, not sure what they were getting. So please do check out the video clips I put up of the performers we book and give the club your support, we can’t survive without you! We also have a great deal of talent amongst our floor singers and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for making the club a great night out. I can honestly say that our singers nights are really great fun and for a couple of quid you can’t really go wrong.
This coming Thursday 8th Oct is a singers night so if you fancy having a go, if you play Siberian nose flute whilst whistling Dixie or you strike the gay harp with a hammer or you just would like to use a song sheet to help you remember words….come along, upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn. 8pm-ish £3 non performers £2 performers.
Next month Sarah McQuaid www.sarahmcquaid.com/press-group-8.html."

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Lympstone Folk: A new addition to 'Folk (Song) Clubs' page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk -
2nd Wednesday of each month (except August), 9-11pm, Globe Inn, The Strand, Lympstone, EX8 5EY. Close to station and car park. Singers, musicians and audience welcome. Join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/130235653662071 for monthly reminder or contact Olly Davey, 01395 225075 for details.

Session News - New Session - Churchstow
A new regular first Thursday (8.15pm) of each month session, organised by John Connor, has started at the Church House Inn, Churchstow, the next will be on 1 October, and the first Thursday of each month thereafter.
John Connor also runs Open Mic sessions at the Dolphin Inn, Kingston. The next is on 25 September from 8pm - see www.facebook.com/dolphinopenmic.connor.1?fref=ts. Also occasional open mics at the Exeter Inn, Modbury.

More Session News - Axminster; Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
2 x RIP
Axminster: Axminster Inn, Silver St EX13 5AH (01297 34947, Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic/acoustic session “Relatively quiet, but enjoyable!”
Not happening.
Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155), Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “I had a text from the organisers of the session at The Bristol Castle as I went to it occasionally.
That has finished, they are looking for another venue in the area but I think it will be a week night.” Greg.

Session news - Plymouth
According to a recent email circular from Tony Watts associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com:
NEW ADDITION - Plymouth: Bristol Castle, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.), Devonport PL1 4EP (01752 563155). Second Sunday of the month, 3pm. Folk music session. “Singers, musicians, all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand. Beginners welcome. Refreshments.”

Along The Coleridge Way
Also received from Tony Watts - admittedly outside our cover area, but not too far away - an interesting project:
In October 2015, at 14 intimate concert venues along the route of The Coleridge Way, Award winning folk musicians Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater present an exquisite evening of original music inspired by the life and work of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The tour starts on October 3 just across the road from Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey (Somerset), and ends on October 18 in the Lynmouth Pavilion. Full details
www.alongthecoleridgeway.co.uk.

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Exeter Corn Exchange - Diary Dates (not all folk, but some popular names, all on sale now)
Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm - Eddi Reader
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416
Friday 13 November 7.30pm - Donovan
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15541
Saturday 23 January 2016 7.30pm - Elkie Brooks
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15428
Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507
Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485
Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

Session news - South Brent
Nothing new here, just reminders of various regular happenings in two pubs in this busy village:
The Oak
Folk music session – a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Pack Horse Inn
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on alternate Tuesdays (8 & 22 September; 6 & 20 October): - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Session news (Plymouth)
This may well have been going for ages, but it's one I hadn't heard of:
Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.) Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP
Regular 2nd Sunday afternoon (3pm) folk music session, singers, musicians all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand beginners welcome - refreshments. For contact details (Kathy) see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.
www.flaxey-green.co.uk provides extensive details of dozens of regular sessions happening across our area.

More session news, various, taken direct from Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates
(see http://sanchobramble.weebly.com for more details)
Discontinued: Exmouth: 11a Church Street (restaurant & bar) EX8 1PE (01395 223195); was Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic + jamming. Discontinued – premises now under new name and management.
New addition: Bishopsteignton: Red Rock Brewery, Higher Humber Farm TQ14 9TD (01626 879738) Every Thursday, 7.30pm. ‘Folk Club’. “Not really a club - and not JUST folk music. You can usually expect to play 2 sets - 3 songs overall - and the earlier you arrive, the sooner you play. Come as an individual, or a small group - bring friends and family - join in with others, make new friends. All genres - all levels - all instruments - just NO mic, and NO amps - totally acoustic.”
Revised entry: Sidmouth: The Marine, The Esplanade EX10 8BB (01395 513145, www.themarinesidmouth.com) Open mic: Alternate Fridays, from 9.30pm. Free entry. All welcome. In-house PA, mics and guitar available if required.

Outside our area, but sad news about a long-established West-Country folk club
Eileen Ann Moore writes:
Closure of the Acorn Folk Club
"The Acorn Folk Club was founded in Minehead, Somerset in 2002 by the late John Moore, and carried on from 2005 by his widow Eileen Ann with the help of Jim Parham and a willing team of volunteers. During these thirteen years nearly 100 outstanding and leading guests on the national and international folk scene have been hosted. The platform granted for regular and visiting talented floor spots has been well used, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience has been developed, earning the Acorn the reputation of "one of the best, if not the best, folk clubs around". Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been decided regrettably to close the Acorn Folk Club and so the new 14th season will not be starting on 6th September 2015 as previously planned. Eileen Ann and Jim have enjoyed running the club and meeting and hosting such a wide variety of people, whether professional or amateur performers or listeners, and have made lasting friendships. They would like to thank all who have contributed in any way in making the Acorn Folk Club the success it has been. EAM"

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sold out Thursday 10 September - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill's final gig
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 25 September - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Sunday 27 September - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 11 October - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Saturday 31 October - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 3 November - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Sunday 8 November - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 10 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 19 December - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

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Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (late summer newsletter), Kingsteignton
Details of our next Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
We are on target to donate another £1000 to Rowcroft Hospice Charity towards the end of the year.
17 August – The John White Band; 7 September – Verity Greenway; 21 September – Nine Pound Catfish; 12 October – Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 26 October – Cornelius Family; 23 November – Steve Buxton; 7 December – John Lockwood
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information and performance videos.
We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.

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(More) Folk news slightly further afield:
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Compiled by Tony Watts. Monthly calendar with email updates mainly of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details. Tony's latest email update notes the following:
South Zeal (nr. Okehampton): King’s Arms EX20 2JP (01837 840300, Dave: 07792 259338,
www.drjams.co.uk). Second Monday of every month, 9pm till 11pm. Open mic. “Please note the Kings Arms Jam in South Zeal is moved back 1 week in August to make way for the [Dartmoor] folk festival.”

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at
http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.

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Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website
www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see
www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast -
www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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MailChimp 'Final Confirmation' text

Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -
www.moorfolk.co.uk

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
www.calstockarts.org
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk
Totnes - South Devon Arts Centre - www.southdevonarts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for October
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.